What if everything in your life was a lie? An emotionally tense story of love, loyalty, betrayal and revenge. Perfect for the fans of Louise Jenson.
DUBLIN – For the past two years Jill Ryan has tried to keep her darkest secrets deeply buried and remain relatively anonymous. Haunted by her tragic past and struggling to keep her life together, Jill soon realises that the last person she can trust is herself.
KILKENNY – Only Heather Martin knows the lengths her husband will go to teach her a lesson and Heather has had enough. Faced with the impossible choice of saving herself or staying to care for her ailing father, Heather has a choice to make. But does she have what it takes to survive?
When Detectives Louise Kennedy in Dublin and Tony Kelly in Kilkenny begin to investigate, their dark discoveries collide unravelling a complex web of secrets that stretch far and wide.
Having lived and worked in the UK and Dublin since college, Adele now lives in her home town in Co. Wicklow with her husband and two teenage daughters. She writes overlooking the Irish Sea and is an active member of the Wexford Literary Festival committee.
I noticed the character names are kind of special: the last names are also first names. How and why did you come up with this idea?
Naming a character for me is a bit like naming a child. I like to check the meaning of the names and make sure that the name is one that would have been around when the characters were born. I speak them out loud and make sure they fit the character. It’s important to me that the names are special and strong in a way that make them memorable and easily identifiable and that there is no potential confusion with similarly named characters in the story. My motto is to keep it short and sweet. The use of Tony Kelly’s second name in the first and second book is done to symbolise his position within the force and the acceptance of the other detectives around him by referring to him by his nickname. It also creates the necessary distance between him and some of his less desirable colleagues as using his first name in these instances may seem a little too personable. You’ll also notice it’s rare that he gets his full title of Detective Kelly and this is used in a way to demonstrate his lack of appreciation for protocols and authority and hint at his discontentment with his job. Naming the other character with surnames that could also be used as first names wasn’t a conscious decision but now that you’ve brought it to my attention I’m intrigued as to what was going on in my head subliminally!
There seem to be a few strong women in this novel, which one is your favourite character and why?
My favourite strong female character is Martha. I love the way she is a quiet force of strength observing and assisting from the sidelines. I love writing females of this generation as they tend to have a good grasp on reality and a determination that drives them to achieve their goal with a lack of regard for consequences in the way that younger generations might.
This is the second novel about families and their secrets and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Why is this and how do you find inspiration again? Will you continue this line of topic in the future too?
I’m fascinated by Irish Society and the way that generations before us have allowed religious and political institutions to dominate the women of Ireland in a way that was deliberately detrimental to their development. They say that Ireland is the Land of Saints and Scholars, I’d like to say that Ireland is the land of Saints and Scholars And Secrets. The patriarchal bias that has shaped who we are as a people has always been focused on power, secrecy and self-preservation at the expense of women and the more vulnerable people in Ireland and in a way by writing a very issue based story that has its origins in the mindset of the society, I get to shine a light on discriminative practices, male dominance and the way that even today, women can be in danger of being oppressed. I’ve always challenged injustices and writing typical issue based stories is just another way for me to get to challenge certain injustices in society. The historical notion that women should be defined by their family positions is no longer credible and the silence that was once afforded to crimes of the past is no longer acceptable or available. As generations mature I suspect that more and more horrific secrets from Ireland’s past will come to the fore and horrify generations to come. A quote from one of my characters is ‘I might not always do what suits but I always do what’s right.’ And this is the premise with which I challenge certain characters by giving them impossible dilemmas and encourage the reader to ask, what would they have done in a similar situation.
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